Infectious Disease

Major: Infectious Disease
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 36.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.0508
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
19-1022; 19-1029

About the Program

The Master of Science in Infectious Disease program provides graduate-level training in various aspects of basic, translational, and clinical research related to infectious disease. Emphasis is placed on research and development efforts focused on new diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines used to prevent and/or treat infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, influenza, malaria, and other diseases caused by viral, bacterial, parasitic, and fungal pathogens.

Special attention is given to the study of therapeutic and vaccine target identification, the discovery and development of drugs and vaccines, and a greater understanding of resistance and immune escape mechanisms that reduce treatment effectiveness.

The program includes two years of required and elective graduate courses as well as a comprehensive research internship to be completed during the course of the training program. The internship encompasses one of three specific areas of research in the field of infectious disease:

  • basic discovery involving infectious bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic pathogens that cause human disease;
  • translational research focused on the development of new approaches to diagnose, prevent, or treat infectious diseases; and
  • clinical infectious disease research.

Elective courses available to students in the program provide knowledge and expertise in areas relevant to infectious disease research, such as animal model use in biotechnology, emerging infectious diseases, vaccines and vaccine development, biotechniques and laboratory research, and principles of biocontainment.

The program is designed to prepare students for careers in infectious disease in government, industry, and academic environments. The program is ideally suited for enhancing the scientific credentials of recent college graduates, early career scientists, premedical students, industrial employees, and clinical laboratory technicians.

Although most students will complete the program in two years, some may opt to enroll on a part-time basis, taking up to four years to complete the degree program. While the program can be completed without a dissertation, a thesis option is available. Most courses are offered during the late afternoon or early evening to accommodate students who may be employed during the day in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and biomedical arenas. Most courses are offered both live and online, providing the student the flexibility to enroll in one or the other.

Admission Requirements

For acceptance into the Master of Science in Infectious Disease program, the applicant must have completed a four-year biology or chemistry-related BA or BS degree program with undergraduate coursework in biology, microbiology, immunology, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, and/or other related subjects. Although a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 is strongly desired, an applicant with a lower cumulative GPA will be considered if other strengths are apparent in the application.

To be considered for acceptance, an applicant must provide the following as part of a complete online application for admission:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • A current curriculum vitae (cv) or resume
  • References from at least three instructors or professionals

Although standardized test scores are not required for admission, official copies of scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) will be considered if submitted as part of the application.

International applicants (non-United States citizens) must meet the same requirements for admission as students from the United States. In addition to the above requirements, applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate the ability to speak, write, and understand the English language by submitting an acceptable score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Acceptance into the program will be decided by considering the sum of the applicant’s undergraduate curriculum, cumulative GPA, GRE/MCAT scores, recommendation letters, and relevant research or professional experiences.

Visit the Master of Science in Infectious Disease program website for more detailed information. For additional information regarding application deadlines, the online application process, and specific requirements for applying to the College of Medicine, visit Drexel University's Graduate Admissions site.

Degree Requirements 

Required Courses
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
MIIM 527SImmunology, Immunopathology & Infectious Diseases3.0
MIIM 530SFundamentals of Molecular Medicine I2.0-3.0
MIIM 531SFundamentals of Molecular Medicine II2.0
MIIM 532SFund. Mol. Med. III2.0
MIIM 533SFundamentals in Molecular Medicine V1.0
MIIM 545SIntroduction to Infectious Diseases5.0
MIIM 534SFund. Molecular Med. VI1.0
MIIM 606SMicro & Immuno Seminar1.0
MIIM 652SResearch Internship in Infectious Diseases6.0
MIIM 653SClinical Correlations in Infectious Disease3.0
Biotechniques I
Biotechniques II
Molecular Virology
Vaccines and Vaccine Development
Principles of Biocontainment
Animal Models in Biotechnology
Viruses and Viral Infections
Bacteria and Bacterial Infections
Mycology, Fungal Infections and Antibiotics
Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases
Molec. Mech. Of Micro. Path
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Biotechniques and Laboratory Research I
Biotechniques and Laboratory Research II
Total Credits36.0-46.0

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